Fishing licenses are issued by state governments. RVers who want to fish in a new state must first buy a license in that state.
FMCA member Ron Johnson of Wilsonville, Ala., asked FMCA for help in promoting a national fishing license. He and his wife, Delores, have been RVing since 2000. They love to fish at U.S. national parks and other federal lands.
The cost of out-of-state fishing licenses strains their budget, Mr. Johnson says, particularly when they want to fish for only one day or when bodies of water border more than one state.
He ponders, "Wouldn't it be nice to have a federal licenses program whereby we could fish anywhere on federal lands for a nominal fee (or even better, a one-time fee like the Golden Age Passport program) and be exempt from state requirements."
Vicky Ferrari, chair of FMCA's Governmental and Legislative Affairs Committee, and I thought this would be a good topic to post here. So, what do you think …
Is a nationwide fishing license a good idea? Could states agree to a reciprocal license that would allow Americans to fish nationwide while abiding by the fishing regulations of the state where the fishing takes place? Could such a bill be passed? Or, would a regional or multi-state license be more reasonable?
By the way, Passport America, the discount camping club, has a Petition for a National Senior Fishing License on its Web site.